7 marathons and fun runs to take part in this September, including the Head Over Teal 5K, 10K and Fall Festival

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A run through Homewood with Jen Grob Jackson. Photo via Birmingham Track Club’s Facebook page

September is the perfect time to participate in the many marathons and fun runs taking place around Birmingham. Here are seven to take part in. Register now!


Stat: According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 30 million AMericans struggle with an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

Become a NEDA Warrior and join the NEDA Walk to raise awareness and virtual funds to support the fight against eating disorders.

Date: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018
Time: Registration – 3pm; Opening Ceremony – 2:30pm; Walk End Time – 4pm
Location: Homewood Central Park. 1632 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood, AL 35209
Registration Fee:

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Photo via Birmingham, AL NEDA Walk’s Facebook page
Monkey C Monkey Run 5K

Join the fight to stop childhood cancer by taking part in Smile-A-Mile’s annual 5K and 1M Fun Run the Monkey C Monkey Run.

Post-run events include:

  • A dove release honoring SAM children.
  • 5K individual and team awards
  • Fun run prizes (14 years and under)
  • Music from The Toddfather
  • Food and Activities

This event is open to runners, walkers and strollers!

Date: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018
Time: 6:30am-7:45am – Registration; 8am – 5K begins; 9am – 1M Fun Run begins; 9:45am – Awards
Location: Smile-A-Mile Place. 1600 2nd Ave S., Birmingham, AL 35233
Registration Fee: 5K Individual – $30; 5K Team – $30; Monkey C Monkey Sleep – $30; 1M Fun Run/Walk – $20

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Scribble map of Monkey C Monkey Run’s 2018 race course. Photo via Smile-A-Mile’s website.
BTC Saturday Run Social – Hollywood Bridge Fundraiser 

Have you heard about the new Hollywood Blvd. Bridge that is in the works?

You can help make the building of the bridge a reality by joining the Birmingham Track Club (BTC) for their Saturday Social Run Hollywood Bridge Fundraiser.

After the run, enjoy:

  • Adult beverages from Cahaba Brewing Co.
  • Fun door prizes from sponsors like Mountain High OUtfitters and Hydralive Therapy

Date: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018
Time: 6am-9pm
Location: Hollywood Bridge at Over Easy. 358 Hollywood Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35209
Registration Fee: None

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Photo via Birmingham Track Club’s Facebook page
Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Heart of Alabama

Help further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and Heart of Alabama by raising funds and awareness for their Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Every registered participant who raises at least $100 receives a T-shirt.

On the day of the walk, every registered walker will also receive a colored wristband and a promise garden flower. The colored wristband you choose will represent your connection to Alzheimer’s.

Which color best represents you?

Blue: Someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia
Purple: Someone who has lost a loved one to the disease
Yellow: Someone who is currently supporting or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s
Orange: Everyone who supports the cause and vision of a world without Alzheimer’s.

Date: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018
Time: Registration – 1:30pm; Ceremony – 3pm; Walk – 3:15pm
Location: Sloss Furnaces. 20 32nd St. N., Birmingham, AL 35222
Registration Fee: None. Personal donations and commitment to raise funds asked.

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Participants with Promise Garden Flowers. Walk to End Alzheimer’s 2017. Photo via Walk to End Alzheimer’s Facebook page
R(un) for One 5K and 1M Fun R(un)

Run for the unadopted during the 6th annual R(un) for One 5K and 1M Fun R(un).

Proceeds from the event benefit the Lifeline Children’s Services (un)adopted Ministry.

After the run, discover great food, music and activities for the whole family!

Date: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018
Time: 8am
Location: Veteran’s Park. 4800 Valleydale Rd., Birmingham, AL 35242
Registration Fee: 5K R(un): $30 advance / $35 day of race; 1 Mile Fun R(un): $15 advance / $20 day of race

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Photo via R(un) for One 5K’s Facebook page
Sistah Strut

Brenda’s Brown Bosom Buddies are hosting their annual Sistah Strut in an effort to bring breast cancer awareness, early detection and healthy living to the Birmingham community.

Run, stroll, walk, strut, sit or chat—all are welcome at this event!

Date: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018
Time: 7am-11am
Location: Legion Field. 400 Graymont Ave W., Birmingham, AL 35204
Fee: $25 advance; $35 day of run (All are encouraged to attend. Those without funds will not be turned away.)

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Sistah Strut 2017. Photo by Debra Nelson
Head Over Teal 5K and 10K

September marks GYN Cancer Awareness month and it’s time for the 9th annual Head Over Teal Race Day and Fall Festival.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Laura Crandell Brown Foundation.

After the race, head to the Fall Festival (free to all—participants and nonparticipants of the race!) for family-friendly activities, including:

  • Food
  • Live Music
  • Crazy photo booth
  • Children’s Activities (inflatables, art activities, crazy hair, crazy hair, shimmer art and more!)

This event is also pet friendly.

Date: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018
8 am
Location: The Preserve. 601 Preserve Way, Hoover, AL 35226
Registration Fee: 5K – $30 advance/$35 day of race; 10K – $35 advance/$40 day of race; Sleep – $30

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Head Over Teak 5K 2015. Photo by Lloyd Beard
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